how do i become a
church member?

Here is how C3 understands and practices church membership together as a local expression of the body of Christ.

1. Understand church membership is for BELIEVERS. Churches should be careful to allow only genuine believers into the covenant of church membership.

  • Because of WHO the church is:
    By definition, the church is the gathered people of God unified by faith in Jesus Christ
  • Because of HOW the church operates:
    The growth of the body comes from Christ. {Ephesians 4:15-16}
  • Because of the COVENANT that membership signifies:
    In limiting membership to Christians, the local church protects its flock from being infiltrated by "wolves in sheep's clothing." {Acts 20:29}

2. Understand church membership is for BELIEVABLE believers. In discerning who is a genuine believer, the most reliable criteria we have are the fruit of godly character and actions.
Why demand such fruit?

  • Because Jesus advises us to do so. {Matthew 7:15-20; John 15:1-11; Galatians 5:22-23; James 2:14-26; 2 Peter 1:4-11; 1 John 3:10}
  • Because other criteria are unreliable. {Matthew 7:21-13}